Introduction to Polar Coordinates - Concept

Learning polar coordinates does not require visiting the North Pole, though explaining igloos is much easier using polar coordinates. The lesson begins with a video explaining how to find coordinates on a spherical plane and how to convert to and from a rectangular coordinate system.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create practice problems that are similar to the guided practice problems
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of rectangular coordinates, sine, cosine, and tangent
  • Lesson best fits as an introduction to polar coordinates

  • Includes a concept video and three practice problem videos
  • Walks through each problem step by step with easy-to-read diagrams

  • Video is not engaging and may not hold pupils' attention
Common Core